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December, 2008

The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936
Online U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit on the 1936 Olympics.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This online exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explores the issues surrounding the 1936 Olympic Games--the Nazis' use of propaganda, the intense boycott debate, the history of the torch run, the historic performance of Jesse Owens, and more.
This site is part of the larger United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is well organized with a top navigation bar that links to all the major areas. In addition to English, it is available in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

This interesting and educational online exhibit was created to complement a recent exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. It looks at the 1936 Summer Olympics that were hosted by Germany shortly after Hitler came to power. Visitors will want to explore all that the site has to offer in the seven sections: August 1936, Germany, Sports, Boycott, To Berlin, The Olympics, and the Aftermath. Each of the sections includes essays, photographs, documents and other items of historical significance. This is a great resource for teachers to use to supplement the curriculum and help students understand the political events that were taking place in Germany during this time in history as well as learn about the African American and Jewish Athletes who participated in the 1936 Olympics including Jesse Owens, the fastest human being."


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